Full Frontal Pale Ale | Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States
piecechicago.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GbVDave on 01-04-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
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2
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprised to see this rated so low here. i thought it was one of the best straight up american pales i had on my chicago trip, and that includes a fair few from some reputable brewers. this is super good. radiant golden, totally clear, and well carbonation. smells citrusy all the way, orange peel and fresh lemon juice, its almost tangy from that, even a touch of acidity there too. what i like here, and i think this is the point of distinction for this beer, is that most pales either have no grain flavor at all, totally dropped out on purpose to make room for hops, or its almost over balanced by crystal malts too rich for whatever the brewers are trying to accomplish. this beer has some grain flavor, dry cereals, fresh and summer, but never sweet and never so heavy or caramely that it overwhelms the hops, which are well dosed but delicate in flavor. i think that kind of balance speaks volumes of the folks responsible for the recipe and the execution, and thats what we liked most about it. easy drinking as they come, i would buy this if it were packaged...

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much a year-round staple at Piece.

Had this after a Camel Toe IPA, and I have to say this is Camel Toe Lite (or Amarillo Brillo Lite). Extremely sessionable, "aggressively hopped" according to the menu notes. All the elements are similar to the aformentioned IPA's, but toned down 50%. Piney with a tropical hint of hop resin, some lacing tops the hazy orange body. Nice residual bitterness, a touch dry but juicy with hop character. A bit slick feeling, but easily drinkable. If I didn't already have a growler of IPA in my fridge, this would be a good #2 substitute. Try this at least once when you visit Piece.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Review from notes. Slightly hazy peach-amber pour with a small foamy white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma, citrus and pine hops slightly edge out the caramel malt sweetness. This is reflected in the taste: citrus hops, fresh grass, wort, caramel malts. It's a pretty typical APA, and that's not a bad thing. Light-medium body, easily drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of jrallen34
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap into a tasting glass at Piece. The beer is light gold with a nice lacing. The aroms is super nice, tons of fresh cut grassy hops. The taste is really nice as well, same as the aroma, grass and hops, super smooth and easy to drink. Nice feel, wow.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in a pint glass, hazy apricot body with a full fluffy white cap

smell: a burst of hops, orange citrus, grapefruit...the citrus overwhelms the pine and the malts are all but buried on the nose...hopbomb!

taste: superhoppy APA - love it. strong grapefruit hops, orange peel, apricot, high bitterness, hints of almonds and general toasted nuttyness...if this was my local APA, i would drink it with very high frequency

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, strong hop bite

drinkability: good

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Piece

A-nice hazy orangish color with a thick 2 fingers of white head leaving a nice lacing on the glass

S-light tropical fruit notes, grapefruit with some citrus

T-lighter flavors including a pale malt taste up front with a touch of sweet caramel. this is followed by a citrus hop flavor, which is also relatively faint.

M-smooth and lighter bodied with a nice level of carbonation (present but not overpowering).

D-the flavors are light and for a pale ale it isn't bad but i'd like more flavor and up next to something like alpha king it wouldn't hold its own

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dexterk1
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy dark amber. Served with a smallish off white head. Little retention, but moderate lacing. 3.5

S: Mildly aromatic. Citrus grapefruit and caramel malts with a touch of the floral. 4.0

T: Taste is similar. Light notes of biscuit, bread, grapefruit rind, and some light pine. Light sweet caramel. A little bit of bubble gum on the finish. 4.0

M: Lighter bodied. Heavier carb. Low bitterness. 3.5

O: Overall a decent beer, but nothing too exciting. 3.75

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Piece 1/3/07.

A: Hazy golden color. 1/2 finger head dissolves to foam skim and ring. Tons of lace.

S: Huge notes of hop infused grapefruit. Unbelievable hop aroma. Can smell it from 2 feet.

T: Major hop flavors balanced by an assertive malt backbone. Keeps the the "grapefruit" from getting out of control. Hops gain a piney characteristic in the finish. Delicious!

M: Perfect for the style. Not too thin and not too thick and syrupy. Just right. Hops lend a puckery and astringent quality to the mouthfeel.

D: Yikes! This is a perfectly drinkable APA. Wonderful hop flavors balanced by just the right amount of malt. Whew.

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Photo of yancot
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piece.

Hazy orange color with a very slight, almost non-existant head.

Light smells of orange citrus, pine resin, and a slight sweetness. The smell is faint.

The hops are not overpowering, but are present. It has a piney nose and then it's nothing but sweet orange flavor backed by malt. This is not very bitter at all.

Medium to light body, crisp, and refreshing.

This goes down extremely easy and of the few beers I've had at Piece this is easily my favorite.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- unfiltered is a understatement! Very cloudy dark copper with tons of whole leaf hop remnants. 1 finger off white head

S- caramel malts and citrus hops

T- dark caramel malts, orange peel, and nice pine hop bita at the finish.

.M- medium body, hop leafs are less than be desired.

O- its a good pale, but all the hop leaf remnants knock the appearance and mouth down.

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Photo of 98green
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Piece. Looks fine for an APA. Smell is awesome fruity hops, but set me up for the fail. On taste, it just doesn't deliver. Some bitterness I guess, but poor balance and no lingering taste. Sub par APA for me

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